The 2012 E3 Expo introduced gamers around the world to the newest projects and games under development. However, there was nothing announced about the next generation of consoles. As the current Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii get older, many fans have begun to question when we’ll see new systems developed and released, and with those questions come expectations.
Here’s a look at three expectations that I have for the next generation of video game consoles:
Have the accessories ready
The Xbox Kinect was a brilliant idea, and it’s certainly helped expand the lifespan of the current platform. I just wish that Microsoft had developed that technology from the very beginning. After all, Nintendo had a handle on it with the Wii, so we know that it was possible for the accessory to be available upon the Xbox 360’s release.
There are certain things that we know will be improved on all of the next-gen platforms when they are released. We know they will be faster, and we know they will have updated disc-reading technology, for example. But it would be nice to have all of the accessories like the next-generation version of Kinect ready to go when the consoles launch. Now that we’ve grown spoiled by these fun new additions to the normal platform experience, it would be disappointing to make us wait for them again.
Online games for the console
We’ve talked about it for years, but it’s about time to create the new consoles with online gaming in mind. I’m not talking about the typical Call of Duty or Madden online games. Instead, it’s time to create consoles that are able to handle the in depth controls that come with online RPGs such as World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
I understand that the current multi-player online games aren’t designed for consoles, but this isn’t about the current games. This is about the future, and I’d love to have the opportunity to play Star Wars: The Old Republic sitting on my couch with a controller in my hand.
Lower the console prices
Most people remember paying outrageous prices when the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 came out. I think the Nintendo Wii was the only console that was actually somewhat affordable. However, the times have changed, and gamers are no longer willing to shell out $500 for new consoles in this tough economy.
Video game sales have been struggling in the past couple of years. With other online games available through mobile services or social media, gamers don’t necessarily have to buy consoles to keep their hobby going. If Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony want to bring customers back, then the first thing they need to do is ensure that the new generation of consoles is cheaper.